For some reason, people stop asking questions when they get to their doctor or the dentist. There are several reasons for this; one of the most commonly cited reasons is that people do not know if they’re asking the right questions or intelligent questions. First and foremost, you should ask any type of question you want answered. If you have a pain or just some general question, you should not hesitate to speak up. Here are some specific things to ask.
When Should I Come Back?
If you’re at the dentist for a routine procedure or for anything else, the dental office will tell you when you need to come back. However, that’s often just a standard recommendation. If you need something specific, you should ask the dentist about it. The dentist will be able to tell you specifically how often you need to return. That will likely depend on the state of your teeth or gums, why you were in the office in the first place, and your at-home hygiene routine.
What Does a Certain Pain Mean?
Dental problems are often indicated by pain. The pain is generally the result of inflammation or damage to specific parts of the tooth and gums. However, specific types of pain or specific locations of pain can be indicators of certain ailments. Don’t hesitate to ask about different things you might be feeling, and don’t think they’ll clear up on their own.
Am I Flossing Properly?
Flossing is one of those things that everyone knows they should do but many people find difficult to stick to. It’s also not something that is taught outside of the dental office. If not done properly, you could floss too hard and hurt your gums. Be sure you’re doing this right and you’ll see the benefits for years to come.
Am I Brushing Too Hard?
Obviously, pressure is required to clean away plaque, tartar, and food buildup on your teeth. However, some people overdo it and end up hurting their teeth or gums. Furthermore, many people believe that blood in the sink when they brush is a result of brushing too hard. That’s usually not the case. Typically, it is a result of gum disease or damage. That’s especially true if it’s accompanied by pain.
Gingivitis and other diseases of the gums result in heat, pain, swelling, and bleeding. Those can often result in bleeding. Asking if you’re brushing too hard will help the dentist determine if you have one of these ailments.
As with any dental problem, be sure to see your general dentist to identify treatment options. Your dentist will answer all of these questions and more…just ask!